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Hi I'm Curtis

I am a third-year medical student. I am involved in service and research in medicine. And I'm a Mormon.

About Me

I'm a third year medical student right now. I love medicine and everything involved in it. The human body is an incredible miracle about which I am astounded every day to learn more. I was a chemistry student in college. Science has always been important to me and has greatly complimented my faith. I am so excited to heal and give hope as a physician. I love reading, learning, and being active. I have a book with me almost constantly. I also love to run. I run both full and half-marathons and believe in being strong so I can be useful. I love listening to books and educational talks as I run and really have an insatiable thirst for knowledge. I am also actively involved in various service organizations that do both local and international service, and have been for many years. I love being around other people, listening to them, learning from them, and giving what I can of myself to them. I believe in us really being a large human family and believe in supporting my brothers and sisters in their lives. Everyone has a story that is unique to them and I love hearing that story and, when I can, being part of that story. I have lived in Nicaragua, Mexico, and Rwanda in addition to the United States, and have learned that, fundamentally, we are all the same. We are all people, children of God. We share hopes and dreams.

Why I am a Mormon

I grew up in the Church. Both of my parents are active members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (often called the Mormon Church). When I was about twelve I was about to enter an intensive six year school program. I knew that the school that had this program was a high-risk school. That school has a high level of student drug abuse and other high-risk behavior. I knew that, if I was going to keep the standards of the Church, including not drinking and practicing abstinence, I needed to know for myself if it was true. My parents had often invited me to pray asking God if the church was true. I remember that one night I got home with that weighing on m mind. I knelt down and asked, "Heavenly Father, I need to know. Is this your Church?" I felt a peace in my heart, but I didn't realize that was an answer. I was determined, however, to know, so I asked every night that week. I realized that every time I asked, I felt that peaceful feeling in my heart. I realized that God was giving me that peace as an answer. I have asked hundreds of times since that day, and every single time I did so I received that same answer. I know that this Church is the Church that God has placed on this earth, because He told me so.

How I live my faith

I believe that the best way to live a Christian life is to seek out and uplift our brothers and sisters. In order to do so, I am actively involved in service both within the church and in the community. Inside the organization of the church, I served as a missionary which is a traveling minister. I served as a missionary in Mexico City for two years. I have held responsibilities in the local organization of the church as a teacher, a leader of the men's group in our local congregation, in our local church choir, doing various responsibilities in the Salt Lake Temple, and as an amateur consultant for genealogy. In my broader community I am involved in providing health care to uninsured and low income families. I work with volunteer physicians in local health clinics to provide a broad array of health care services for little or no cost to those that we serve. I also serve on a board of directors for a local non-profit organization. I believe that we should do anything we can to uplift those around us. I am always looking for more opportunities to help and serve those around me. I believe that when Christ said "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself." He was describing our great duties in life. We need to show love to our God by serving Him and our neighbors by serving them. I try to live up to that.

What are Mormon women like? Do Mormons believe in equality of men and women?

Our women in the church are wonderful! We have the oldest women's organization in the world known as the Relief Society. Women in our church have a wonderful and vital role in leadership and organization. From the local councils to the highest correlation councils, women play an integral role in church leadership. I have been so blessed in my life by the wonderful influence of the women in my life. We believe that a men and women are equals. A man and a woman in marriage are equal partners and must have harmony, unity, and equality as they raise children in the home. For reasons that are not completely clear, men are ordained to offices in the Priesthood, the power of God delegated to man on earth to bless all people, and women are not. Nevertheless, women have ecclesiastical responsibilities, pray in our congregations, minister to one another and generally in the church, and hold both local and worldwide positions of leadership in the church. Those responsibilities are different, but equal. We men cannot fulfill our responsibilities without the women, nor the women without the men. We need each other, both in the home and in the church. Truly "neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord." Show more Show less